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story.lead_photo.caption Congregation members kneel at the alter during a service at the First United Methodist Church in Coral Springs, Fla., on Sunday, Feb. 18, 2018. The service was dedicated to the victims of Wednesday's mass shooting at nearby Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland. Nikolas Cruz, a former student was charged with 17 counts of murder. (AP Photo/Gerald Herbert)

PARKLAND, Fla. — Students who escaped the deadly school shooting in Florida focused their anger Sunday at President Donald Trump, contending that his response to the attack has been needlessly divisive.

"You're the president. You're supposed to bring this nation together, not divide us," said David Hogg, a 17-year-old student at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in South Florida, speaking on NBC's "Meet the Press."

"How dare you," he added.

Hogg was responding to Trump's tweet Saturday that Democrats hadn't passed any gun control measures during the brief time they controlled Congress with a supermajority in the Senate. Trump also alluded to the FBI's failure to act on tips that the suspect was dangerous while bemoaning the bureau's focus on Russian meddling in the 2016 election.

Trump was at his Florida estate Sunday but did not mention the attack in a series of morning tweets.

Florida politicians, meanwhile, scrambled to produce legislation in response to Wednesday's attack that killed 17 people.

In a TV interview, Republican Sen. Marco Rubio embraced a Democratic bill in the Florida legislature to allow courts to temporarily prevent people from having guns if they are determined to be a threat to themselves or others.

Gov. Rick Scott, also a Republican, attended a prayer vigil near the school and is expected to announce a legislative package with GOP leaders of the legislature this week.

Emma Gonzalez, another student who survived the attack, cited Trump, Rubio and Scott by name in a warning to politicians who are supported by the National Rifle Association.

"Now is the time to get on the right side of this, because this is not something that we are going to let sweep under the carpet," she said on "Meet the Press."

The pointed comments by the students are the latest sign of increased pressure for gun control after the massacre.

The students have vowed to become the face of a movement for tighter firearm regulations and plan to visit the state capitol in Tallahassee this week to demand immediate action.

Organizers behind the Women's March, an anti-Trump and female empowerment protest, called for a 17-minute, nationwide walkout by teachers and students on March 14. The Network for Public Education, an advocacy organization for public schools, announced a day of walkouts, sit-ins and other events on school campuses on April 20, the anniversary of the 1999 shooting at Columbine High School in Colorado that left 12 students and one teacher dead.

Meanwhile, school and other government records obtained Sunday show the suspect, 19-year-old Nikolas Cruz, was diagnosed as developmentally delayed at age 3 and had disciplinary issues dating back to middle school. In February 2014, while in 8th grade, Cruz was transferred to a special school for children with emotional and behavioral issues. He stayed there until 10th grade, when he was transferred to Stoneman Douglas. A month after arriving, Cruz was written up for using profanity. Last year, Cruz was expelled.

On Sept. 28, 2016, an investigator from the Florida Department of Children and Families visited Cruz and his mother, Lynda Cruz, after he posted video on Snapchat showing him cutting himself. The report showed that Cruz had written a racial epithet against African-Americans and a Nazi symbol on his book bag, which his mother had forced him to erase. The investigator said Cruz was suffering from depression and on medication and had told Lynda Cruz he planned to buy a gun, but she couldn't determine why.

She said he had been depressed after breaking up with a girlfriend who had been cheating on him, the investigator said. A school counselor told the investigator that Lynda Cruz had always tried to help her son and followed through on his therapy and medication, but the counselor was concerned about the youth's desire to buy a gun.

A crisis counselor told the DCF investigator he had visited the school and that he did not believe Cruz was a danger to himself or others. The case was closed, with the investigator concluding that Cruz was receiving help from his mother and counselors, and "no other referrals or services were needed."

After Lynda Cruz died in November, Cruz moved into the home of a teenage friend. The friend's parents told the Sun-Sentinel newspaper they had no idea the extent of Cruz's issues.

"We had this monster living under our roof and we didn't know," Kimberly Snead told the newspaper in an interview published Sunday. "We didn't see this side of him."

James Snead added: "Everything everybody seems to know, we didn't know. It's as simple as that."

The Sneads said Cruz seemed ill-adapted to life on his own, unable to do simple tasks like laundry or use the microwave.

He kept the AR-15 he allegedly used in the massacre locked in a gun safe along with a few other firearms. James Snead thought he had the only key to the cabinet but has figured out Cruz must have kept another key. The family kept their own rifles, bought after a burglary a few years ago, in a separate locked cabinet.

They told Cruz he needed to ask permission to take out the guns. He had asked only twice since November. They said "yes" once and "no" once.

On Wednesday morning, Cruz told them he didn't need a ride to school: "It's Valentine's Day and I don't go to school on Valentine's Day," he said.

Cruz sent their son a few texts that day. In one, he asked what classroom the boy was in. He said he was going to see a movie.

Later he texted he had "something important" he wanted to tell the teen. Then he wrote: "Nothing man."

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  • ARMNAR
    February 18, 2018 at 1:09 p.m.

    Trump doesn't care about anybody besides Trump.

  • KnuckleBall
    February 18, 2018 at 3:28 p.m.

    You can't expect anything else from someone that doesn't have any common sense. The only thing that he is interested in is either green or gold...

  • RBear
    February 18, 2018 at 3:28 p.m.

    And they have every right to admonish Trump, especially after he decided to politicize this by blaming the FBI for investigating the Russian meddling instead of following up on this. That was a very cheap and unwarranted shot by him at a time when he should be the nation's counselor. It's like he doesn't have any comprehension of the sentiment of the situation. He is truly unfit for the office.
    ...
    Regardless, unlike Trump who probably struggles to connect two thoughts in his head at a time, the FBI is a large organization that deals with hundreds of investigations that are unrelated. It's not like the agents investigating Russian collusion would even be remotely connected to a random warning in FL. Any simpleton can understand that. Apparently, not our president.
    ...
    These students just lost 17 of their friends and teachers because a student used an assault rifle with several rounds of ammo to pick them off in rapid succession. They deserve answers. Trump met with two survivors and posed for pictures with medical staff and first responders. I'm beginning to wonder if the victims' families chose NOT to meet with him, knowing how callous he can be.

  • RobertBolt
    February 18, 2018 at 3:30 p.m.

    Active advocacy of effective gun control must be our voter litmus test.

  • RaylanGivens
    February 18, 2018 at 4:03 p.m.

    Not gonna happen Boltar; both sides have their heels dug in so far on every issue they just won't compromise on anything. Their only concern is blaming the other side for everything and making sure they say the right things to get re-elected. It's just a big money grab in DC and we are just pawns in the game.

  • mkdm0
    February 18, 2018 at 5:10 p.m.

    That's right you meat heads, hate on trump who had nothing to do with the murders. Just parrot your Marxist leaders and turn this country into a 3rd world cesspool like Venezuela.

  • RBear
    February 18, 2018 at 5:46 p.m.

    And someone dragged out their "Marxist" blankie as if that really matters in this discussion.

  • RobertBolt
    February 18, 2018 at 6:11 p.m.

    What American is slower than Trump at repudiating Marxists?

  • LR1955
    February 18, 2018 at 7:14 p.m.

    20 Lashes with an ArDemGaz comment, a FB post, etc. If you really want to change something, move away from your electronic devices, get out of your chair, and go talk face to face to people, help them register to vote, help them get an ID arrange transportation to the polls for them. Talking about "they need to do something" ain't gonna cut it. VOTE INCUMBENTS OUT EVERY ELECTION.

  • PopMom
    February 18, 2018 at 7:38 p.m.

    The Republicans have opposed a ban on assault/ semi-assault weapons. We will work to throw them out.

    LR1955,

    I give money, knock on doors, and even host fundraisers. Many friends are running for office. We all need to get busy. Get out the vote is very important!

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